Thursday, May 26, 2016

Solo Staycation Day 2

 It's been one extreme to the other around here. Either it's cold and wet or it's hot and humid. Now that the sun is back it's pretty miserable out there. I am also sad to report that the bugs are back. I'm an itchy mess just from going to the mailbox this morning.

 I have got some knitting done on Son's second gray cardi attempt. I finished the fronts at 3 am because The Mister's old dog can't sleep without him. She whines all night and wanders around looking for him.

 I just put on TCM and watch whatever old movies they have on all night. I doze on and off on the couch, needles in hand in between dog wrangling. My Featherweight Cardi is coming along.  A few more color blocks and it will be time for the sleeves. You can't get better TV knitting than this.

 Aubade is morning knitting. I can't see in the dark to work on it. I just finished the last row of the next to the last lace section before the border. Now I have 9 easy rows of stock knit.  It's 578 stitches around that sucker so it's still going to take some time.

I made soap at 7 am because I could. No one's going to wander in and ask for coffee. I can make all the mess I want. That's more Blackberry Sage. I loved it but I gave it all away so I made a big loaf this time.

 I did work on the quilt backing again. I decided to use up more of Daddio's stash by making more strips and use the same technique to make a section that I will turn the opposite way.

At least that's the plan. I am so tired from being up all night that my brain can't handle the math on that at the moment but I think it will work. Maybe. I need a nap.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Solo Staycation

 Look at what I found in the yard yesterday.  I  transplanted a hunk of green stuff from Daddio's last summer and something came from it. I'm amazed. I think it is a Siberian Iris. It's very small with lots of ornamental like grass surrounding it. Mom had a giant clump and I took a hunk, stuck it in the ground and forgot about it. It's a good reminder that life does indeed go on.

I found it when I was trekking up to the mailbox. Look what I found in the mailbox.

Oh, my. This is just gorgeous. When you are working with colors you can't have enough shuttles and bobbins. I can't tell you how many times I have picked one up to buy but put it back down when I looked at the the price tag.  I can't thank you enough BlueLoom. I am practically speechless.

 The Mister will be gone most of this week to do some Mom sitting while the rest of the family is off on vacation. She'll be 97 next month and is still in her own home. While he's away I'm planning on doing whatever I want. Not that I don't usually but it's different when someone's always looking over your shoulder.  First up is the quilt backing for Daddio's tumblers.

 I used to keep Daddio out of mischief by giving him things to do when I wasn't there. One of those things was to cut strips. We had boxes and boxes of them so we made rolls out of them by sewing the ends together. Some we used for weaving, some for quilting. This roll is just what I needed to make a backing.

 I used the Jellyroll Race technique that I saw on YouTube. It wasn't as much fun as they made it look but it did work up quickly. Here it is pre-ironed. It reminds me of those broom skirts. Remember those?

 You take the roll and sew one end to the other and keep on going that way until it's all together. The colors line up sometimes but that's part of the fun.

It's not quite big enough so I'm still going to have to add a border but for the most part this is done deal-and it's only day one of my staycation!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More Rainy Days and Mondays

 It rained all weekend. It rained yesterday and last night. Today we are supposed to get a break in this incredible streak of wet weather. I'm not making any bets.  I did finish the edging on Daddio's tumbler quilt while I was sitting inside trying not to go stir crazy. The photos are dreary but it's the best that I could do in the dark.

First, I want to thank the two tools that made all this possible. Without the glue or the needle threader I'd still be slaving away. The glue made piecing go so much easier. I did still baste with thread but at least I didn't have to fight with the edges. As for the needle threader, I hate to admit it but I can't see well enough anymore to thread a needle light or no light. I bought a bunch of these and I'm putting one in every sewing basket.

 The part I hate is the the removing of all the paper pieces. I'm always afraid that the whole thing is going to come apart even though it never does.

 It still is quite a job. Daddio catches the edges of the paper every so often so you have to be careful.

There they are all ready for the trash. You could recycle them but I don't. I have tried ironing them out and using them again but it just doesn't work for me.

Ta I have to go figure out a backing. It's got to be as wild and crazy as the front so this may take a while.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Good Times

 Last night was the end of the year party for the skating team.

The rink was nice enough to donate 45 minutes of free ice time for us to play on.

 We had a potluck in the party room going on at the same time. That means lots and lots of sweet stuff.

 There was some healthy stuff but....

 ...lots more of this kind of thing which is more than fine by me.

The team gave our coaches flowers. Aren't they gorgeous?

 We gave the kids trophies and team photos.

I got a trophy too-and lots of thanks from parents who appreciated how hard I worked for all those gold medals we won this year.  Everyone wants to know what we are doing next year and even though I know, I'm not telling. You don't want the competition to know what you're up to.

I would say it's going to be nice taking the summer off but you see that theatre camp date? That's when I have to have the stuff ready for next year so we can start rehearsals.  I've got a lot of work to do. As usual, I've got something really big to make.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Soap

 If you signed up for this month's giveaway check your mailbox. The last of the boxes went out yesterday. If you asked for a tracking number check your Ravelry messages. There is also a box of lotion bars winging their way to Canada hopefully, as we speak. When I saw the weather was warming up I thought I better get it all mailed out before it was too late.

As for new soap, I am testing these fragrances from Nurture Soap. Out of the bottle, they smell very mild.

 In the soap, the fragrance brightens up a bit. This Juicy Apricot is not too bad. After last week's swirling disaster I decided to let gravity do the work for me so I just did an in the pot Clyde Slide. That just means pour all the colors in one bowl, give it a quick stir and then pour it in the mold.

Ditto for Cucumber Melon. It's smells pretty nice and looks pretty good. I know I've said it before but simple is always best. I just need to quit fiddling around with those fancy schmancy techniques and just make soap.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rainy Days and Mondays

 I may be hating all this wet weather but the green things don't.

 It's like a jungle out there.

Even my sickly rhododendron are putting on a show this year.

 I've gone crazy at the garden center. I've got pots everywhere. I've got pots with herbs.

 I've got pots with impatiens. I've got pots of begonias.

 If it blooms in the shade, I've got it.  Now let's see how long I can keep it alive.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Roller Bird Bumbaret

We had a little more light yesterday so I could take some better photos of the new weaving project. This is the one that gave me fits during the warping because I insisted on being creative with all the tied ends.

Everything was going along nicely until, while sleying the reed, I discovered I had made a threading mistake right in the middle of the thing. I had to pull half of it out of the heddles and since I had already removed the lease sticks it was a nightmare trying to keep it all where it belonged. Lets just say a lot of clothespins were involved.

Thankfully the weaving itself is simple. One color, four treadle sequences. It should be smooth sailing from now on-with the emphasis on should.